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09/22/09 10:39 PM ET
Showdown at third in 'All-Time 9s' debate
Rangers' hot corner is hotly contested as voting continues
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have had some outstanding players to precede Michael Young at third base. Three of them are battling it out to be a member of the Rangers' All-Time 9, the greatest single-season performances at each position in club history. Dean Palmer, Hank Blalock and Buddy Bell are all competing for the Rangers at the hot corner. More than 4.1 million votes have been cast since the 9/9/09 debut of the "All-Time 9s," a platform for fans to debate the greatest single-season performances for all 30 Major League franchises. The voting marks the start of MLB.com's Lineup Card campaign, a gathering place for the posting and never-ending discussion of the greatest past and present lineups. Here's a look at how the Rangers closest races are shaping up: Palmer leads Bell by 200 votes at third base. Blalock is about 800 votes behind Palmer.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.